Definition of bulge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bʌldʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌldʒ//
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  1. 1a lump that sticks out from something in a round shape the bulge of a gun in his pocket
  2. 2(informal) fat on the body that sticks out in a round shape That skirt's too tight. It shows all your bulges.
  3. 3a sudden temporary increase in the amount of something After the war there was a bulge in the birth rate.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French boulge, from Latin bulga ‘leather bag, knapsack’, of Gaulish origin. The original meaning was ‘wallet or bag’, later ‘a ship's bilge’ (early 17th cent.); other senses presumably derived from association with the shape of a full bag.
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